2009-10-30 39 -105

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Fri 30 Oct 2009 in SW Denver:
39.7317265, -105.0612421

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A driveway in residential Wheat Ridge, a suburb of sorts of Denver, Colorado. At approximately 920 Gray Street.




Coordinates reached!

A short retelling. Follow along with the markers at mapmyride

0.00 miles - Begin at Benedict Fountain Park.

0.84 miles - Loop around the state capitol while continuing south. So pretty all lit up at night!

2.65 miles - Reach the east side of the 8th Avenue foot bridge. It's almost exactly 0.5 miles, and was completely flooded. The road was fine and dry, separated by a median. But the ice slush was ankle deep most of the way. By the time I got back home, my feet were frigid.

5.42 miles - Pedaling along a pretty little creek trail, when BOOM! Dead end into a "TRAIL CLOSED" barricade. I might have compromised my Tron achievement here, but I carefully turned around and continued on the other side of the path back out to the street, where I turned up and continued down a side street.

6.50 miles - Hash site. Google Maps and Google Earth agreed that the hash was basically on the front of this house, by the left windows. Upon arriving, I became uncomfortably aware that I was a Big Dude on a bicycle lurking outside somebody's house after dark. I did not linger. Nor did I come close to walking up to the house and touching the window. I decided that if I was a snowball throw's length away, then I was close enough. I hastily made a pitiful little snowman, left the marker by the mailbox, and left. In my rush, I forgot to get a picture of me at the site! Tried to twitter from the location as proof of arrival only to discover that triangulation is faaaaar from accurate.

8.50 miles - Brief glimpse of Sloans Lake. Pretty.

10.57 miles - Fox! A big silver fox! Crossed its path as I was leaving the street just past the Aquarium and getting on the South Platte River trail. It was skittering away or acting especially frightened, so I stopped to try to get a picture. I said hello to it in a friendly type manner, in answer to which it turned around and started trotting towards me. This frightened me, so I abandoned the attempt at taking a picture and instead pedaled quickly away.

11.22 miles - Skate park. Every time I've ever passed the park before now, it had been full of skaters. This time it was empty! I rolled around here for a little while before continuing.

11.88 miles - Coors Field. No Rockies game tonight, so no extra traffic to deal with.

12.79 miles - End at Benedict Fountain Park. Good trip!

Chrisman earned the Tron achievement
by reaching and returning from the (39, -105) geohash without crossing his own tracks on 2009-10-30.
Chrisman earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (39, -105) geohash on 2009-10-30.
Chrisman earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
by cycling 12.79 mi to the (39, -105) geohash on 2009-10-30.
Chrisman earned the Snowman Geohash Achievement
by building a snowman at the (39, -105) geohash on 2009-10-30.
Chrisman earned the No Batteries Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (39, -105) geohash on 2009-10-30.